CCI moves SC challenging quashing of probe against Airtel, Vodafone, Idea
New Delhi: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has moved the Supreme Court, challenging an order of the Bombay high court setting aside a probe against Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd, on complaints of cartelisation by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
The matter will come up for hearing before a bench headed by justice Rohinton F. Nariman on Thursday.
On 21 September, the Bombay high court had ruled that the CCI had no jurisdiction to interpret contract conditions or policies of the telecom sector, which was governed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Act, 1997.
The order was passed on a plea by Idea, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) seeking quashing of the CCI order directing an investigation into allegations of cartelisation made by Reliance Jio.
Reliance Jio had questioned the jurisdiction of the Bombay high court and said the case must be heard by the Delhi high court since the CCI order was passed in Delhi. This was rejected by the court.
PTI contributed to the story.
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